• Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for East Tennessee State University

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 8:31am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created East Tennessee State University (ETSU) local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. The East Tennessee State University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Names Marie Williams Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

    Thursday, October 06, 2016 | 11:23am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Marie Williams as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services effective October 22. Williams will replace Commissioner Doug Varney who announced his retirement last week. Williams, 51, started with the department in 2000 and has served as deputy commissioner since 2011, directly managing the department’s daily operations and budget. As deputy commissioner, Williams has overseen a transformation in the mental health system in east Tennessee to better serve long-term patients by transitioning them into community-based programs. She also helped create the department’s Prescription for Success multi-faceted strategy to tackle the prescription drug epidemic in Tennessee.

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  • Haslam Announces Retirement of Doug Varney

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 12:10pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Doug Varney will retire next month. Varney has served as commissioner since 2011. Under Varney’s leadership, the department completed a major transformation in the mental health system in east Tennessee, better serving long-term patients by transitioning them into community-based programs. The department has also improved medical and business operations of state hospitals and made significant progress addressing the prescription drug epidemic.

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  • Haslam Makes Appointments to State Boards and Commissions

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 2:31pm

    Nashville – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 176 Tennesseans to 75 boards and commissions. “Serving on a board or commission is an important responsibility, and I thank these Tennesseans for their commitment to serve our state,” Haslam said.

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  • Haslam Announces Advise TN Partner Schools

    Monday, September 26, 2016 | 11:06am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the 30 partner schools chosen to participate in Advise TN, a new program to increase the number of students accessing higher education.  Spanning from Shelby County to Washington County, these schools will work with an Advise TN college advisor to provide college counseling services to 10,000 junior and senior students across the state this fall. Developed by the Governor’s Office in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Advise TN aims to continue the momentum of Tennessee’s growing college enrollment rate, which increased to a historic high of 62.5 percent in 2015.

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  • Haslam Announces Labor Education Alignment Program Grants

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 1:06pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the recipients of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition, a state initiative that supports the Drive to 55 by awarding grants to community and academic partnerships formed to help communities align workforce needs with higher education. “If we can eliminate gaps in the skills needed by local manufacturers and other companies and the types of degrees and courses offered by local community and technical colleges, we can strengthen our workforce to meet industry demands,” Haslam said. “These LEAP grants help create programs that tie specific training and skills to current workforce needs, helping more Tennesseans qualify for good, high paying jobs. This is a key piece of our Drive to 55 campaign to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or credential to 55 percent by 2025.”

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  • Haslam Issues Waiver to Avoid Petroleum Supply Disruptions in Tennessee

    Friday, September 16, 2016 | 4:39pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued Executive Order #56 today waiving federal hours of service requirements for petroleum transporters to prevent any fuel supply disruptions for Tennesseans from the Colonial pipeline leak in Shelby County, Ala. “This is a precautionary measure as we are not currently seeing any widespread unavailability of petroleum in Tennessee,” Haslam said.  “We urge Tennesseans to maintain their normal fuel purchasing and driving patterns to help prevent any potential impacts on our fuel supply while the pipeline undergoes repairs.”

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  • Haslam Applauds Legislature for Efficient Special Session

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 2:27pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today applauded members of the 109th General Assembly for preventing the loss of $60 million in federal highway funds.  The governor thanked the General Assembly for an efficient special session to pass legislation that modifies a state drunk driving statute after the U.S. Department of Transportation deemed the state out of compliance with a federal “zero tolerance” law.

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  • Haslam To Call Special Session To Prevent Loss of $60 Million in Federal Highway Funds

    Friday, September 02, 2016 | 2:40pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he will call an “extraordinary session” of the 109th General Assembly to consider legislation preventing the loss of $60 million in federal highway funds after the U.S. Department of Transportation deemed the state out of compliance with a federal “zero tolerance” drunk driving statute. “We are disappointed in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision. The state made clear to federal officials that while it disagrees with the interpretation that Tennessee is out of compliance, any such perceived impact of the law was inadvertent and could be fixed in January 2017,” Haslam said. “To avoid any negative impact to the state, I will ask the General Assembly to convene in a special session and clarify state law in this matter.”

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  • Haslam and Commission Chair Announce Retirement of Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum

    Thursday, September 01, 2016 | 11:06am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tom Smith, chairman of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, today announced that Lois Riggins-Ezzell, the executive director of the Tennessee State Museum, will retire December 31. Riggins-Ezzell has led the museum since 1981. At her retirement, she will retain the title of executive director emeritus. “Lois has given her heart and soul to telling Tennessee’s story and showcasing its rich history across the country and around the world,” Haslam said.  “We are grateful for her many years of service and all that she has done for the Tennessee State Museum and for our state.”

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  • Haslam to Visit K-12 Schools

    Friday, August 26, 2016 | 4:38pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he will visit members of his Teacher Cabinet in their schools this school year as he continues to keep the lines of communication open between classrooms and the Capitol.

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  • Tennessee Continues To Lead in FAFSA Filings

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 | 2:54pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) Executive Director Mike Krause announced today that for a second year in a row, Tennessee leads the nation in Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filings, an important indicator of a growing college-going culture in Tennessee. THEC, using data from the U.S. Department of Education, estimates that 70.3 percent of 2015-16 high school seniors in Tennessee filed a FAFSA. That rate is up slightly from one year ago, when the rate stood at 69.5 percent for the class of 2015, the first class eligible for Tennessee Promise. Tennessee was No. 1 in the U.S. in 2015 as well, comprising 40 percent of the nation’s total growth in FAFSA completions.

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  • Haslam Appoints Bill Young Chancellor in 20th Judicial District

    Friday, August 05, 2016 | 12:43pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Bill Young of Nashville as chancellor in the 20th Judicial District, which serves Davidson County.  Young replaces retiring Chancellor Carol McCoy, effective September 1. Young, 59, has been in the Tennessee Attorney General’s office in Nashville, where he has been associate attorney general and part of the management team, since 2014.  In that role, he was responsible for handling work related to the Tennessee General Assembly, the executive branch of state government and other state offices and responsible for special litigation and other projects assigned by the attorney general.

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  • Haslam Announces Reward in Dover Murder Case

    Tuesday, August 02, 2016 | 2:05pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the kidnapping and murder in 1980 of sisters Carla Atkins and Vickie Stout.  “We believe someone has information that could help solve this case, and we want whoever is responsible for this crime to be brought to justice,” Haslam said.  “We ask anyone with knowledge of the case to come forward.”

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  • Haslam Announces Jobs, ARC and TDEC Grants in Dunlap

    Friday, July 29, 2016 | 12:29pm

    DUNLAP – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Dunlap today to announce that Precision Military Aerodynamics, which manufactures parachutes for sporting and military use around the world, is investing $1.8 million in its Dunlap facility and creating 100 new full-time jobs. Haslam also announced that Dunlap is receiving a $200,350 Appalachian Regional Commission Grant and a $500,000 Local Park and Recreation Grant.

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